Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Nov. 27. The staff at the College Football America Yearbook has been attending and coverings games since 2010, even before we actually had a physical yearbook to sell. Our staff travels the country to cover anywhere from 50 to 70 college football games per season. So, we’ve accumulated many games, many photos and many memories. Each day, we’ll encapsulate those memories here and include links to our photos and game coverage that will help you take a look back, too.
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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2010: Mississippi State (FBS) at Ole Miss (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins hit the road after Thanksgiving Day and headed for Oxford, Mississippi, for the ‘Egg Bowl,’ the annual contest between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Ole Miss Rebels. So, why the Egg Bowl? Well, they play for a Golden Egg Trophy. But the trophy was created to help prevent incidents like 1926, when Ole Miss fans tried to tear down the goal posts in Starkville and fights broke out. Yep, apparently the Egg prevents this.
2010: Kansas State (FBS) at UNT (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox headed over to Fouts Field for the final game at that venerable stadium, as the Mean Green hosted the Kansas State Wildcats, led by head coach Bill Snyder. Kansas State won the game, but that was hardly the point. Fouts Field had been the home of the Mean Green (and before that the Eagles) from 1952 to 2010. Fouts Field has historical significance in Texas. Abner Haynes and Leon King played for UNT in 1957 and were the first two African-American men to play major college football in the state of Texas. UNT is the alma mater of four-time Super Bowl champion ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, who played his home games at Fouts Field (now you know why they’re the ‘Mean Green,’ right?). And, finally, one of the game’s true head-coaching legends, Hayden Fry, turned UNT into a successful program in the 1970s before moving on to Iowa.
2010: Wake Forest (FBS) at Vanderbilt (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb spent part of this Thanksgiving weekend that year at Vanderbilt Stadium, as the Vanderbilt Commodores hosted the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a non-conference game for both teams. The game was the last for head coach Robbie Caldwell, who resigned after one season and winning just two games. That paved the way for a new head coach named James Franklin, who turned the Commodores into an acceptable SEC team in three years, which is no small feat.
2010: FAU (FBS) at Middle Tennessee (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb wrapped up the day in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders hosted the FAU Owls. At the time it was a battle of Sun Belt Conference rivals. But, eventually, the game would become a matchup of Conference USA rivals. Yep, when conference reshuffling came to college football a couple of years later, both program migrated from the Sun Belt to Conference USA. Middle Tennessee won the game and played in a bowl game later that season.
2015: Navy (FBS) at Houston (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox headed down to Houston for a pair of games on this Thanksgiving Day weekend. First, he went over to the campus of the University of Houston to check out the Houston Cougars hosting the Navy Midshipmen in an American Athletic Conference showdown. Navy always travels well, and the Midshipmen brought their fans on this day. The contest gave Navy a chance to prepare for its annual Army-Navy game after that.
2015: Baylor (FBS) at TCU (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was in the press box at Amon G. Carter Stadium for the season finale between the Baylor Bears and the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas. Postins was covering the game for other outlets at the time. So, unfortunately, we don’t have a photo gallery for this one.